What’s this? A Corvette without the engine in the front?! Madness! Well, get used to it because the future of the Corvette is mid-engined and they’re gunning for the well-known supercars now. This is the new Corvette C8 Stingray and though it definitely looks like a Corvette the proportions are all new thanks to that 6.2 litre pushrod V8 now sitting behind the driver and passenger, rather than ahead of them.
There’s more than a hint of the Italian rivals to the styling, though the nose could never be anything but a Corvette. That V8 puts out 495bhp to the rear wheels via an 8spd auto and thanks to the relatively low weight of the new Stingray it sprints to 62mph in a staggering 2.8 seconds and can hit 194mph – cars like the Audi R8 need to be seriously worried given the C8’s price tag.
One place the Corvette beats the rivals is that even as the standard coupe (a convertible is coming) it has removable targa roof panels so you can get the open air experience even in the coupe. This could very well be the car that really upsets the like of Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren – we can’t wait to see the group tests.
NOTE: Deliveries of the Right Hand Drive Corvette C8 Stingray will be in Q3 of 2021